National Gallery of Indonesia, Focusing on Education and Diplomacy in 2017.

Galeri Nasional Indonesia.
Galeri Nasional Indonesia (GNI), a state cultural institution in Indonesia, in 2017 will still be focusing on education and diplomacy program. It is reflected in  a series of planned program while at the same time open for public aspiration for other temporary programs. In 2017, Galeri Nasional Indonesia continues developing its physical building as well as other infrastructure in order to make it more representative as a gallery with International standards.
Lay Out of Galeri Nasional Indonesia.

Galeri Nasional Indonesia carries education function for public as the main priority.As regulated in the Education and Culture Ministry  No.32/2015, the tasks and function of Galeri Nasional Indonesia is conducting analysis, collection, registration, maintenance, security,exhibition, partnership, education, documentation, and art works publication.

In 2017, Galeri Nasional Indonesia has planned  a number of  programs. The programs encompassed of national exhibition of fine arts, exhibition of the collection of fine arts belong to Presidential Palace, the Indonesian Triennale Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition,  Rolling Exhibition of GNI in Lampung and Gorotalo.

As of diplomacy function, GNI will hold Indonesian Contemporary Fine Arts Exhibition in Brussels and Antwerp, Belgium. The exhibition is a support program by Ministry of Education and Culture to participate in Europalia 2017 as guest country. Europalia is an International Arts Festival held every two years on the initiative from the  the Kingdom of Belgium by selecting guest country. 

EUROPALIA INDONESIA will run from 10 October 2017 to 21 January 2018 and will present Indonesian traditions and contemporary culture (with a special attention for creation and exchange) in numerous events (

The History of Galeri Nasional Indonesia
The building was located on a plot of land in Konengsplein Cost no. 4, now called as Jalan Medan 14 Merdeka Timur, Central Jakarta. In 1817, G.C van Rijk built a Indische Woonhuis on the land with materials taken a manor house in Batavia. In 1900, this building was part of the  education  foundation building, founded by Christian Carpentier Alting Stitching (CAS) under the auspices of the Order on the initiative of pastor, Van Vrijmetselaren Ds. Albertus Samuel Carpentier Alting (1837-1935). The building  with the Dutch architecture was used for women boarding, as the first educational venture in the Indies.

In 1955, the government of the Republic of Indonesia banned the activities of the Dutch government and society. The Building and education management were then transferred below the successor,CAS and Lorge Vijmetselaren Movement. Based on the decision issued by the Highest Commando  in 1962 signed by the President Soekarno, the movement was banned and the Raden Saleh Foundation dissolved. The shools and all equipments were taken over by the government of the Republic of Indonesia and handed over to the Ministry of Education and Culture. For more visit
Source: Kompas, Monday, December 26,2016.


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